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Moridja Kitenge Banza

Moridja Kitenge Banza, Christ Pantocrator No1, 2017
Acrylique sur bois, feuille d’or
Acrylic on panel, gold leaf
40 x 30 cm (15,75” x 11,75”)

Moridja Kitenge Banza : 1 (exposition_exhibition), 2019, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau, Montréal, Canada (photo : Jean-Michael Seminaro)

Moridja Kitenge Banza, Authentique #1, 2017
Impression archive au jet d’encre sur papier
Archival digital inkjet print on paper
Édition 3/5
86,3 x 61 cm (34” x 24”)

Moridja Kitenge Banza, Christ Pantocrator #3, 2018
Acrylique et feuille d’or sur bois
Acrylic and gold leafs on wood
40 x 30 cm (15,75” x 11,75”)

Moridja Kitenge Banza, Authentique #2, 2019
Impression archive au jet d’encre sur papier
Archival digital inkjet print on paper
Édition 5
86,3 x 61 cm (34” x 24”)

Biography

Canadian Congolese aritst Moridja Kitenge Banza was born in Kinshasa in 1980 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He holds degrees from l’Académie des beaux-arts de Kinshasa, from l’École supérieure des beaux-arts de Nantes Métropole and from the Humanities and Social Sciences faculty of l’Université de La Rochelle.  In 2010, he was awarded the first prize of the Biennale of Contemporary African Art, DAK’ART for his video Hymne à nousand his installation work De 1848 à nos jours. His work was part of exhibitions at the Musée Dauphinois (Grenoble, France), at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Rosklide, Danemark), at the Arndt Gallery and Ngbk (Berlin, Allemagne), at the Biennale Internationale de Casablanca (Casablanca, Maroc), at the Fondation Attijariwafa bank (Casablanca, Maroc), at the Fondation Blachère (Apt, France) as well as at the BAnQ, at galerie Joyce Yahouda, at Oboro and at the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal (Montréal, Canada).

Moridja Kitenge Banza, Hymne à nous, 2010
Projection vidéo monobande
Single Chanel video projection

Moridja Kitenge Banza, Union des États, 2009-2018
Installation (Berlin)

Moridja Kitenge Banza, De 1848 à nos jours, 2006-2018
Installation

Moridja Kitenge Banza, De 1848 à nos jours | coupe de bateau négrier, 2006-2018
Encre sur mylar
Ink on mylar
92 x 213 cm (36” x 89”)

 

 

Moridja Kitenge Banza, The Map, Mokili, Le Monde – 2010, 2010
Impression numérique sur tissu
Digital print on fabric
Ed. 5
61 x 112 cm (24” x 44”)

Artist Statement

As a multidisciplinary artist, I express myself through painting, photography, video, drawing and installation.

My process is situated at the intersection of reality and fiction. Through this lens, I question the history, memory and identity of the places where I live or have lived in relation to the place I occupy in these localities. I intentionally confuse fact and fiction to problematize hegemonic narratives and create spaces where marginalized discourse could flourish. Drawing from past and present situations, I organize, assemble and trace figures, as would a land surveyor, by reappropriating the codes of cultural, political, social and economic representations. In so doing, I build my own tools to better invest the “other’s” territory in order to enrich all the fields of research that inspire my practice.

Moridja Kitenge Banza, Chiromancie #8 No3, 2015
Encre et tissu sur mylar
Ink and fabric on mylar
112 x 92 cm (44” x 36,25”)

Moridja Kitenge Banza, Persona, 2015
Encre sur mylar
Ink on mylar
100 x 76 cm (39,25” x 30”)

Moridja Kitenge Banza, Im not exotic, you are not stupid #6, 2017
Caryon de couleur sur papier Ingres
Colour pencil on Ingres paper
51 x 41 cm (20” x 16”)

Moridja Kitenge Banza, Im not exotic, you are not stupid #5, 2017
Caryon de couleur sur papier Ingres
Colour pencil on Ingres paper
51 x 41 cm (20” x 16”)